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New Delhi: In order to increase the sale of Urdu books, publishers should form trade union and adopt new marketing policies. This was suggested by Shahid Mehdi, Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia. He was inaugurating a new branch of Maktaba Jamia Limited at the Sports Complex of the university on 21 April.

Director of National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL), Dr. Muhammad Hamidullah Bhat announced that a display centre would be established at the makataba’s first floor where books of prominent Indian and foreign publishers would be displayed. This will serve dual purpose. The readers will know about the new publications and it will also help publishers sell their books. He further said that the Council would bear expenses for 10000 copies each of the special issue of the maktaba, Kitab Nurna and of Zakir Hussain Institute of Islamic Studies, Jamia. These special issues would be about the history and literary services of the maktaba. Prominent personalities of Urdu were present on this occasion.

Kolkata: Kolkata District Committee of Anjuman Jamhuriyat Pasand Musannifin (Association of Democratic Writers) called an anti-communalism convention and poetic symposium at KMC Hall, Raja Bazaar recently. Speakers appealed to the people to strengthen secular hands and requested the intellectuals to come forward for this purpose.

Chairing the meeting Qaisar Shamim said we have two alternatives before us. One of them leads to communalism and selfishness; the other to secularism and democracy. We have to take careful steps, he said. He asked the poets, litterateurs and intellectuals to guide the people. An anti-communalism resolution was also passed. The programme ended with a Hindi-Urdu poetic symposium in which many poets participated.

Panchkola (Haryana): Haryana Urdu Academy organised an Indo-Pak seminar on ‘Nai Nazm: Ek Muhasaba’. Prof. Sadiq described in detail different aspects of the poetic genre; ode. Azhar Jawed, editor of Takhliq, Pakistan, presented his article on the subject. Dr Ibn Kanwal presented his article on progressive poets and said progressive poets had played important role in promotion of Urdu poetry. Articles were presented by other scholars also.

New Delhi: The annual award function 2004 of Nai Awaz, a literary, cultural and welfare organisation, was held at Ghalib Academy. The event was also marked with an all-India poetic symposium in memory of poet Ghulam Rabbani Taban. Prominent persons from different fields were awarded on this occasion. Former MP and vice-chairman of Delhi Urdu Academy, M Afzal and Nai Awaz’s patron, Dr Syed Farooq, presented the memento. Parwez Jamil, president of Nai Awaz gave away certificates of honour. 

The awardees include Munawwar Rana (poetry); Athar Nabi (promotion of Urdu): Chandarbhan Khyal (seerat in poetry); Ejaz Popular (humour and witticism); Asif Azmi (mass communication); Shahla Nawab (convenor); Naved Hashmi (nutrition); Shamim Ahmad Saifi (social service) and others.

Dr S Farooq laid emphasis on Urdu’s education. Dr Shuaib Raza Khan Warsi shed light on life and services of Ghulam Rabbani Taban and paid tributes to him.

Saleem Iqbal Shervani awards were presented to 65 most brilliant students of 4 inter colleges of Mau Nath Bhanjan district of Uttar Pradesh and also to 29 teachers who by dint of good teaching and hard work enabled the students to secure goods results. The four colleges are as under:

1. Talimuddin College (Boys), Mau Nath Bhanjan: Five students of 9th class, 5 of 10 the class, 2 of 11th and 6 of 12th class. Total 18. Teachers who were awarded:13
2. Talimuddin Niswan College (Girls), Mau: Five students of 9th class, 5 Students of 10th class, 5 of 11th class and 6 of 12th class. Total 21. Teachers awarded:9
3. Alia Girls College: Seven students of 10th class and 6 students of 12th class. Total 13.

4. Fatehpur Girls College: Seven students of 10th class and 6 students of 12th class. Total 13.

The above awards are for those students who appeared for examinations held in the year 2003. The awardees (students & teachers) are both boys and girls, or men and women, Hindus as well as Muslims.

Study on minorities representation in police
New Delhi: With a view to finding out the percentage of five notified minority communities - Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Budhists and Parsis - the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) conducted a research study of minority representation in police forces in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The study was conducted through the Centre for Promotion of Law Enforcement and Human Rights. The study is aimed at finding out the reasons for under-representation of minorities in police forces. The study found inadequate representation of minorities in police forces in the two states. The report along with recommendations has been sent to the ministry of home affairs, state governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The Commission intends to forward these recommendations to other states as well.

Maulana RabeY did not meet Kalraj Mishra
Lucknow: Following reports of meeting between Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadwi, president of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and administrator of Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama and BJP leader Kalraj Mishra, Syed Hamza Hasani Nadwi, secretary of Nadwa has issued a press release denying the report. The release said though Mishra came to meet Maulana Rabey but the meeting did not take place as Maulana Rabey was not available. He was on an academic tour to Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

It should be noted that some newspapers had reported Mishra’s meeting with Maulana Rabey and commented that there were some secret talks between the two leaders. Some newspapers had even gone so far as to say that the meeting was to garner Muslim votes.

New Delhi: On the occasion of birth day celebrations of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) a three-day competition of hifz (memorisation) and Qira’t (recitation) of the Holy Quran was organised at Iran Culture House. Maulana Taqwi, Imam of Shia Jama Masjid, Delhi, Maulana Fuzail Ahmad Qasmi of Markazi Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Dr Syed Farooq, vice president of India Islamic Culture and Maulana Rafiq Ahmad Qasmi of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind spoke on the message of the Quran and life of Prophet (SAW). They said that Quran has given us dignity. This is a book not only to be read but to be taken guidance from. Jalal Tamla, director of the Iran Culture House said Quran is the best medium for unity. We should keep ourselves linked with it, he said. About 160 huffaz and qaris from different parts of the country participated in the competition.

Sherwani awards, instituted by Saleem Iqbal Sherwani, Lok Sabha MP chairman of Bharat Sewa Trust were presented to 29 most brilliant students of 5 Muslim educational institutions of Buland Shahar district, UP who secured excellent marks in the examinations held in the year 2003. In addition to this, Sherwani awards were also presented to 15 efficient and hard working teachers who enabled these students to secure good marks. The schools to which these students and teachers belong are: Muslim Imdadi Society Model Balika School, Khurja; Hanfia Rashid Girls School, Khurja; Rafah-Aam College, Khurja; Mofeed-e Aam College, Glaothi and Faiyaz Begum Muslim Girls College.

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